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OSC is an Encoding

OSC specifies the syntax of messages and their data at the level of bits and bytes. Knowing that a given sequence of bytes is an OSC Packet allows you to parse those bytes into groups of messages (containing human-readable address patterns plus type-tagged binary data) that may have timestamps. hat the messages “mean” or what the receiver “should do with them” is fully opt-in.

OSC is a content format.

OSC plus agreed semantics (for a given use case) would together comprise a protocol.

This page of OpenSoundControl website updated Fri Apr 23 10:14:39 PDT 2021 by matt (license: CC BY).